Friday, 9 December 2016

Please Mind The Quizbooks

Hello sexy! Remember me? I'm the one who had yer babies eyes. Sorry about that, I thought they were babies eyes shaped novelty hors d'oeuvres. Anyway, remember when I said I've got a new quiz book out? Well, now I HAVE TWO!

If you fancy a unique pocket sized Christmas gift not available in the high street that will fill that boring awkward period with your relatives over the coming weeks then these two tomes are packed with funny, quirky quizzes for all the family. Except Uncle Ted. He knows why. 

Your Starter For Ben is a general knowledge compendium of many wonderful things from TV to food, film, books, famous firsts, dead pop stars and there's even some sport in there! 

The sequel Never Mind The Quizbooks is an entirely music themed book of questions but written for people who aren't obsessive about pop. Rounds include Probably Definitely True Facts about The Beatles, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Kanye West. Plus Great Pop Years, Rock: The Video Game Years, singing sitcom cameos and over eighty more! 

And if you only do digital, you can grab a compendium of both books in one easy PDF file for £1.99 via the snazzy link below...

Buying these books supports small-scale nonsense like mine. I don't make much money out of this, doing it really for the love of it but I'm very proud of both of these books and I know that people who enjoy either this site, my podcasts or any of my work will really get a kick out of dragging a little bit of Baker into the Christmas family Christmas. 

And if you're in West Yorkshire, you might like to come and see my live quiz act - Punk Rock Pub Quiz - performing an entirely new show on Friday December 16th to promote the release of these books, you can find all the details on this page here

And if I dont see you before, Merry Christmas! 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Your Starter For Ben - OUT NOW!


The previous Punk Rock Pub Quiz book has been completely overhauled and given a remix, polish on the bottom, had its waffle removed and sent back into the world as a pocket-sized quiz compendium of hundreds of questions for all the family. 

But why should I buy this book? 

* Over 80 individual quizzes exclusive to this book! 

* Easier to find answers!  

* A lot of daftness and healthy sense of humour!

* An exclusive stocking filler present perfect for all the family that isn't available on the high street!

* Something threatening about ISIS!

* Its right good!

So please do a buy! Thanks! 

Friday, 29 July 2016


Okay, British comics fans now take a deep breath and get up off the floor. Today's announcement is not quite on a par with us merging with Whizzer And Chips due to lack of interest but I've decided to take August off the site entirely in order to recharge my batteries after over 100 new daily quizzes since I launched the site in March. There'll be the odd summer holiday treat here and there so keep an eye both here and more importantly on the Twitter page.

So don't think of this as goodbye, more...end of part one. Speaking of which...

Name that UK TV show these End Of Part One slides come from

And finally, what is this End of Part One screen from?

...Ok, that one might have been a bit too tricky for all but the comediest of spods as that is actuallky a programme called "End Of Part One", a fantastic sketch show from 1979-1980 written by future comedy titans David Renwick and Andrew Marshall. And hey you can buy it here, which you definitely should (although maybe wait a few days, there'll be another Network sale along any time...) 

And that's it for now. I'll be back in September with a new pencil case and the back of my ears gleaming for the first day back to quiz school. Thank you to everyone who shares, tweets, comments and likes the quizzes I put up every day, its been a pleasure entertaining you all.

Hopefully I'll be back before this clip finishes....

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

QUIZ: Sleep Now In The Bed

Hello. I've hurt my back. Luckily, it says here in my diary that today is "National Sleepy Head Day", a Finnish celebration, the last person awake in a household gets covered in water and famous Finnish personalities get thrown in water. Thank god I'm only big in Greenland.

So, while I lie here on my bed typing an an angle and swearing at passing oxygen, here's a small snoozy Susan of a quiz for you bedtime buddies.

Which TV programmes feature the following bedrooms? And who's bedroom is it for a bonus?

If you want to cheer me up loads, you could go get yourself a copy of my Punk Rock Pub Quiz book AT THIS LINK HERE using the code SHIPSAVE16 at the checkout for 15% off and free shipping. So that's about a fiver saved on your part. And as always, sharing the quizzes is very appreciated, thank you. Your shares on Twitter and Facebook have built this site up more and more over the past six months and its a pleasure to continue writing it for you.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got an all-nighter to pull...

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

QUIZ: Fantasy World Disney

July 26th 1951 and Walt Disney's 13th animated film, "Alice in Wonderland", premiered in London. It seems almost unimaginable that there was a time when all the Disney big-hitter films didn't exist and in some cases actually didn't do very well at the cinema at all. Indeed, Alice at the time was thought to be a disappointment by Walt, never being re-released in his lifetime and failing to recoup its budget in full on initial release. Weirdly it only took off again when its trippy oddness was embraced by the late 60s acid 'head' generation, something I'm sure Walt would've been THRILLED about. Damn you Beatles!

What else didn't you know about the famous Disney movies? Lets find out in today's quiz which features ten pieces of trivia gleaned from IMDB about the House of Mouse's animated canon.

Which Disney films are these facts about? 

1. "The "special" Academy Award granted to the picture consisted of one regular sized award and seven smaller sized awards."

2. "Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the script was turned down for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award nomination."

3. "First feature length animated film to be set on Hawaii."

4. "The Prince is never called "Prince Charming" in the film, nor is he given any personal name."

5. "This is the 1st Disney Animated Film to have anthropomorphic animals, without any human characters."

6. "Walt Disney originally didn't want to include the 'Bella Note' spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the whole Disney canon."

7. "The children become very sleepy as their parents leave the room. This may not be merely because it is their bed time. The "tonic" given to the children by Nana may have been morphine. It was quite common in the early 20th century to give children "soothing syrups" and "tonics" to control their behavior. These concoctions turned out to consist of several different narcotics."

8. "According to Jennifer Lee, Anna is 18 years old in the film, while both Elsa and Kristoff are 21 years old and Hans is 23 years old."

9. ""Man" was ranked the #20 villain on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest heroes and villains - the only character on the list not to appear on-screen."

10. "The Vultures were originally going to be voiced by The Beatles. The band's manager, Brian Epstein, approached the Disney studios about having The Beatles appear in the film, and Disney had his animators create the Vultures specifically to be voiced by the band. But when Epstein took the idea to the Beatles, John Lennon vetoed the idea, and told Epstein to tell Disney he should hire Elvis Presley instead."

Another thank you to everyone who continues to share and support this little site. Its just me making everything, which is why it looks a bit shite at times, but is from the heart. Which is exactly why its going into the Disney Vault...

Monday, 25 July 2016

QUIZ: Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Filth)

# Ooh cradling them filth / the cold black something or other / ooh murder / I am an Atheist you know / thanks

Cradle of Filth, or as they'll always be known to me thanks to a schoolfriend's teenage mis-sketching "Craddle Of Filth", were an interesting concept of band, playing up the tongue in cheek nature of metal naughtiness whilst being (at least to my ears - and I loved metal) absolutely totally musically forgettable....but who needed music when you had NAUGHTY T-SHIRTS!? Craddle shirts were everywhere for a time for every angry young person who wanted to be the visual equivalent of the word "grrrr". And no more so than"Vestal Masturbation" featuring a naughty nun and the following shocking statement on the back..

I'm sorry you had to see that. I'll give you a moment to finish vomiting. Better? Ok. So as its main Craddler and lead singer Dani Filth's 43rd birthday and we're remembering some classic casual wear from pop's past, today's quiz asks...

...which bands released these iconic T-shirts? 

What was your favourite band T-shirt? Which can you still not bear to throw away? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook. And do me a nice share if you would, This is the last week of quizzes for a while so lets make it a good one! Now how about that Music Band, fellow kids?

Friday, 22 July 2016

QUIZ: The Summer Of 69p

Long before the times when Pokemons went and Corbyns didn't (a satire), kids in the UK would have a six week holiday like the one that's just about to start knowing only three things would happen during it:

1. Some kid would lose an eye in a wood. They just would. I don't make the rules up. 
2. There will be a 3-5 week gap of absolute boredom nothingness which will nonetheless be missed horrendously when September 5th comes around. 
3. At some point, you'd get to read the Summer Special of your favourite weekly comic! 

And what thrills they were as you got to pay twice the price for all new adventures (except for the 34 pages of reprints) of your favourite characters but in a beach / holiday / holiday at the beach setting. Looking back, summer specials are fascinatingly set in their time, with families never straying far from the nearest Blackpool substitute, complete with Kiss Me Quick hats, over-sized ice creams and mischievous crabs that get in Dad's flip flops!!!!!1

Here are ten British Summer Specials minus the title, which weekly comics are they from?

School's out! Unless it isn't! But celebrate your love of this nostalgiagasm of a quiz by tweeting your scores to me on the old Twitter machine. Imagine being able to do that in the past?

Thanks to everyone who retweeted, said nice things about and took part in the last five quizzes, despite the huge heatwave. It genuinely means the world to me to have your support. Have a great weekend! Catch a Corbyn for me! And don't let anyone try pinch your comic...

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

QUIZ: Bruce Lee Prince Of The Yolk Folk

On June 20th, 1973 the world lost one of its most iconic figures at a ridiculously young age when Bruce Lee died just days before the release of the biggest film of his career "Enter The Dragon". His name would become synonymous with deadly accuracy, quiet dignity and martial arts skills envied the world over. ...unless you were a schoolboy in the 70s and 80s in which he was probably most famous as something bigger boys would shout whilst pretending to do kung fu kicks on bus stops and throwing the smaller ones' bags on the science block roof.

Despite being an 18 certificate release, "Enter The Dragon" would have been seen by every single lying schoolboy for decades although its actually much more likely that their information was gleaned not from the movies but 1984's "Bruce Lee" for ZX Spectrum and C64, one of the most popular games of the era as this powerful footage reveals...

The 80s were a strange but wonderful boom time for games with tiny teams of people working on full titles that could go on to be million sellers. With so many games on the market though, celebrity endorsements quickly became common with every sports person, musician or actor worth their salt having their own barely recognisable 8-bit home version.

Which famous folk are featured here in their own real 80's 8-bit licensed games?

Did you guess them all? If so, tell me on Twitter! And if you liked the quiz, please do tell your friends. And now the serious celebrity tie-in omission I know you were all about to spam the comments with...Stuart Henry's Pop Quiz!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

QUIZ: Spice Up Your Girls!

Today is a proud day in British history.

Many achievements have been fought for and won throughout the centuries but the world never looked at us with such respect and admiration as this very date twenty years ago when the following epoch shattering moment occurred...

I can still remember where I was, although for decency I'll spare you what I was doing. Being a indie kid I should've loathed the Spices and all the gooey, hugging pure pop they stood for and yet, despite fancying them rotten, I couldn't help but be swept away by the sheer joy of the singles which would only get better and better throughout the next 18 months. When contrasted to the dreary post-Britpop indie fallout of the time, its easy to see why the nation embraced them with such love and inappropriate touching.

But it wasn't all Spice Spice Spice in the 90s, no ma'am, as some of the greatest pop of the decade had been performed by girl groups. Along with a load of old forgotten shite like Girl Thing, Girls@Play and Girly Girl Girlingtons Group (although I may have just made that one up). I wont have a bad word said about 21st Century Girls, mind who were bloody great fun.

Anyway, a quiz. Yes. When given a photo and a lyric from one of their biggest hits...

...can you name these all-female 90s musical acts? 

Now I know what, you're all thinking, "Wot? No Buffalo G?" Well yes, I understand your pain but they were sadly only active in 2000 and thus do not qualify for this 90s-centric pop quiz. But I think we can all enjoy their top hit again now...


 Thank you to everyone who continues to share these quizzes on Twitter and Facebook.  The warm weather means less people online so it means a lot to see they're appreciated. And if you think "Oh I didn't share that!" maybe start today? Its fun and you could win a prize*! (*statements are unconnected)

And to all the bands featured, I hope you're all still happy and smiling today. Thanks for all the fun!

Here's a playlist with some of my favourites...

We shall never see their like again...

Monday, 18 July 2016

QUIZ: A Barrie Amongst Men

Happy birthday Kristen Bell. And while many people might love her most for her turn in Heroes as the electric Elle Bishop, the titular character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Princess Frozen in "F**K Sake, How Can You Want To Watch Frozen Again, Kids?" or whoever she plays on House Of Pies which I should probably get round to watching sometime. But for me and many similar telly spods, her career-defining role is that of Veronica Mars, teenage private investigator in the terrific but little watched series of the same name from 2004 to 2007.

The show was funny, full of twists, had a huge supporting cast of characters who were all well-defined and believable but importantly for a comic detective series, had a thorough understanding of how the 'tec noir setting works and could shock its audience in a way that Joss Whedon was crowned King Of Best Telly Emotionals (2014) when he was in the teen mystery wheelhouse too. (Whedon does actually appear in a cameo in Veronica Mars' second season, thus passing the torch on admirably.)

But enough dribbling from me, its on DVD and Netflix so go feast your faces whilst I crack on with today's quiz, inspired by Veronica Mars and its birth-celebrating actress.

Can you name the programmes where the character name has been replaced by the actor's actual name? 

1. Thomas' 7
2. Gless and Daly
3. The Elisabeth Adventures
4. Robin and Pam
5. Moran Books
6. Wagner To Powers
7. Berry Of London
8. Neil Patrick Harris, M.D.
9. The Barrie Empire 
10. The Young Sean Patrick Flanery Mostly But Sometimes Corey Carrier When Younger And George Hall As An Old Man Chronicles

I sound like a broken record but its the same five or six people who share these quizzes despite each post now easily getting over a hundred hits on day of publishing. So please if you can just retweet or repost somewhere, it'd mean the world. I've no money for real promotion so friends spreading the world is all I have. Thank you. And don't forget you can Twitter me here!

And here's yer answers. "Captain Craig Charles" sadly not included....

Friday, 15 July 2016

QUIZ: Happy Birthday Twitter! Again!

Happy birthday Twitter! As you've probably seen everywhere (although admittedly probably mostly on Twitter) its ten years since the popular social media waste of time first launched onto the very internet we call the internet. Back then of course it was called 'Kid Kicker2000' before taking the name of its founding manager Sir Steve Twitter who famously spoke in no more than 140 character sentences. (NOTE TO SELF: probably should check these facts before publishing.)

A few months ago, I did a quiz to celebrate Twitter's 'founding' birthday where fictional characters did some equally fictional tweeting and people had to guess who they were. You can find that by clicking this underlined bit here. So I thought for Twitter's actual 'launch' birthday, it be a bit cheap to once again do the same sort of quiz.... Then I remembered I'm off camping for the weekend and only about five people retweet stuff I post anyway so screw it....

Using the clues provided, which fictional characters from TV, film, literature or music could have sent the following Tweets?

And as we're on about Twitter, why not follow us here? And maybe even retweet us sometime? That would be bloody lovely. I'm off to drink ridiculous neon cider in a field. Have a lovely weekend and try not to get to wrapped up in yer Pokemon GOs, wont you?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

QUIZ: Looking Back On Today 3

Oh no, July's getting on and all the big shows are finishing. It can only mean one thing...SUMMER SEASON TELEVISION! Run, while you still can! As a reminder of those hazy, lazy, tediouzy days of yore, here are ten TV capsules from the Radio and TV Times with the programme names removed from this very day - July 14th - in the past.

What TV programmes are these highly informative and interesting capsules for? 

If you like this quiz, please share it. Its that nice 'share' button on Facebook and Twitter. (But please not the Cher button, I don't have the insurance)

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

QUIZ: Wrestlemoania

It may shock you to learn but the site isn't currently too successful, no doubt due to its smart, upmarket style you've come to love and expect. I could raise the profile with kow-towing to a more populist audience but that's just not something I'm prepared to sacrifice for my very strong integrity here on Punk Rock Pub Quiz. And so without any further ado today's quiz is...

..."WWE Wrestler or Porn Star?"

Y'see, I looked at people celebrating birthdays today and saw that Brock Lesnar was celebrating his special cake day. He's been in the news recently after a special guest return to UFC on load from his regular paymasters at the WWE so he must be a very happy little fellow right now. 

...close enough. Now by running this quiz, I don't want to imply that there's anything homoerotic about the sport where sweating men grapple each other until one begs for submission and they collapse spent. Vince McMahon, 70 year old owner of the WWE definitely doesn't want you think any of that commie homo bullshit either. And I mean, is there anything camp or forced about this? 

No, exactly. And anyway, who mentioned gay porn? These might be totally straight, lady-pleasing paid sexual encounters. So put your pre-conceptions to one side as you're presented with six sets of photographs - one featured person is a noted pornographic star, the other a WWE wrestler, past or present. Can you work out which is which? 

1...2...3....*ding ding*...and there we go, how did you do? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter! And follow on both if you like this here stuff. No jokes about Joanie "Chyna" Laurer here please who ended up as both and tragically died far too young earlier this year. And the sooner we forget about Hulk Hogan's sex tape the better...